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UPD Sky Broadband UK Officially Launches New Sky Hub Wireless Router

Monday, October 15th, 2012 (10:44 am) - Score 5,656

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has today officially announced the launch of its new Sky Hub router, which has been “designed and built by Sky’s in-house engineering team” and delivers improved wireless speeds and range by automatically scanning for and selecting the best available wifi channel.

The new router, which we first reported on earlier this month (here), will come as standard for customers joining or switching their broadband to Sky from the 18th October 2012. Existing customers will need to take the new router for a one-off fee of £39 (plus £2.18 delivery), although this will rise to £69 from 18th January 2013.

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Communications Products at Sky, said:

Designed and built exclusively for Sky customers, this state-of-the-art router delivers unbeatable wireless range throughout the home meaning customers can get online in parts of their home they couldn’t before. Further enhancing the complete Sky experience, customers will benefit from greater connectivity, whether they’re enjoying Sky Go in the garden, checking Facebook in the bedroom or interacting with zeebox on the sofa.

Alongside the UK’s only totally unlimited broadband service, free public WiFi and unbeatable customer satisfaction, Sky Broadband goes from strength to strength.”

New subscribers have already begun to receive the router.

Full Specifications – Sky Hub (SR101):
* Wireless: WiFi N 144mbps on a single channel (4 2 MIMO aerials inside)
* Sleek but familiar and faster web-based User Interface
* WiFi Alliance Certification
* WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
* Ethernet: 4 x 100mb Ports with activity LEDs
* ADSL2+ Socket
* Built in PSU
* Sky Smart Range – Automatically selects the optimum wireless channel
* 4 Simple LED icon indicators (Power, Wireless, Internet, Sky+ HD)
* Energy efficient – complies with the “Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment” within Europe
* Router will be used for both ADSL & Sky Fibre (FTTC)
* WiFi Chipset: Broadcom 6362

As we said before, the lack of Gigabit Ethernet ports is somewhat disappointing, especially since broadband connectivity is only going to get faster over the next few years and Gigabit capability is often a good indication of the chipsets ability to cope with such advancements.

Take note that our picture makes the router look quite fat but it’s actually a tiny little box that’s around 13cm long at the base and a little bit taller when standing up. It’s also a lot thinner than the picture makes out (not sure why this one is being used in some of the PR).

UPDATE 18th October 2012

We just had a message from Sky saying that the router actually features just 2 MIMO aerials inside and not 4 as they originally stated.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar sam says:

    not having gigabit is INSANE, especially as BT may launch ~120mbps within the next few years with better FTTC. Maybe they are making a 802.11ac with gigabit to replace it, who knows, lets hope so.

    1. Avatar Deduction says:

      And all LAN ports on BTs homehub are gigabit? Errrr nope (just the one).

      Equipment which is given away (only its not really given away) by any of the big players often has pitfalls.

      I find it stupid at the moment why ALL OF THEM insist on you having a separate modem and router. (another thing to thank Openreach and their branded rubbish for), especially when there are now all in one devices out there from respected manufacturers for around the £100, which is probably close (at least retail wise) to what it would cost you to buy two separate boxes which most of the big players are supplying. They do a better job also, not only at reporting stats about your connection but the interface is often quicker they have more built in features and in general are more reliable.

      The one plus this box has in its favour (and it may be the only plus point) is the PSU is built in, sure that makes the box a bit bigger but id personally have that over yet another power brick cluttering up my mains sockets.

    2. Avatar Chris Evans says:

      @Deduction

      Having one Gigabit port is better than having none at all. It gives home users the opportunity to use a Gigabit Switch with their router. With Sky, their Terms and Conditions state you can only use their supplied router, so if you are law abiding then you would follow that.

  2. Avatar boggits says:

    IPv6 Support seems to be missing off your list….

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I checked the Broadcom 6362 to see if IPv6 was supported but it didn’t seem to be and thus wasn’t listed. Let me know if this is wrong.

  3. Avatar Phil says:

    This is awful designer by sky. Unbelieved no IPv6, no gigabit lan support. What a joke by sky as the 21st century.

    1. Avatar Phil says:

      And no 450Mbps wifi support (to have more roomy for future FTTC 120+ meg

    2. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I’m not so surprised about the lack of ac SPEC wifi as it’s still fairly new, thus Sky would naturally rather wait until ac chips are being mass produced and more mature in order to benefit from economies of scale.

  4. Avatar rupert says:

    A breeze block of a router is launched and i see it will be a disaster sky are good at bringing some ugly gear out i doubt it will improve there broadband services lol

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